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What are Essential oils?

Essential oils are the natural aromatic compounds found in seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant.

If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of freshly cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. Essential oils can lift the mood, calm the senses, and elicit powerful emotional responses. Yet the use of essential oils goes well beyond their fragrant appeal.

Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern trends toward more holistic approaches to self care and growing scientific validation of alternative health practices are driving a rediscovery of the profound health benefits of essential oils. Many have powerful cleansing properties. Their unique chemical structure allows them to pass directly through the skin for immediate systematic response to topical application. Certain oils may be used as dietary aids to promote vitality and well-being.

Extraction Methods

Therapeutic-grade essential oils are most often extracted via a low-heat steam distillation process, in which steam is circulated under pressure through plant material, liberating the essential oils into the steam. As the steam mixture cools, the water and oils are separated and the oil is collected in its pure form. To ensure the highest quality oil extract of correct chemical composition, temperature and pressure must be monitored very closely. Too little heat and pressure will not release the valuable oil; too much can fracture an extract's delicate chemical composition and alter its potency.

Equally important to the carefully controlled extraction process, the meticulous selection of correct plant species and plant parts harvested at the perfect moment when their essential oil compounds are most concentrated, is also required for a quality therapeutic-grade essential oil extract. This complex process is as much an art form as it is a science and requires experienced growers and distillers working together to ensure a superior product. 

How to use

They can be used singly or in complex blends depending on user experience and desired benefit. Essential oils are usually administered by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically to the skin, or taken internally as dietary supplements.

Using essential oils can be both profoundly simple and life changing at the same time. Working with someone who has used essential oils before will help first-time users have a more beneficial and enjoyable experience.

 Essential oils are naturally safe and have few, if any, undesirable side effects when used as directed. They are, however, powerfully concentrated and should be used with care. Be sure to use only pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and follow all label warnings and instructions. Essential oils should never be used in the eyes or inside the ear canal. If redness or irritation occurs when using essential oils topically, simply apply a vegetable oil such as fractionated coconut oil to the affected area - water will not dilute essential oils. Consult your physician before using essential oils if you are pregnant or under a doctor's care.

Look for the following symbols (see graphic) by the essential oil product descriptions to help you with your oil selection. Use instructions and appropriate cautions included on individual essential oil labels.

NOTE:  These statements have not been evaluated by the Federal Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. We are not healthcare professionals. Consult your physician if you have any concerns.



The volatile nature of essential oils allows them to be easily evaporated and diffused throughout a larger space. Using this application method helps create an atmosphere where several individuals can enjoy the calming, stimulating, and soothing benefits of essential oils.


Essential oils are safely and easily absorbed by the skin allowing you to use a variety of topical application techniques to different parts of your body.


Whether you are taking capsules or the oil itself, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions.

Safety Tips

Essential oil safety is of utmost importance. Please follow the following tips and guidelines as you dip your toes into the wonderful world of essential oils.

  • Do not put oils in eyes, ears, or up nose!

  • Apply a small amount of oil to your skin to test for a skin reaction before using.  Should you have irritation, redness, itching, or burning, apply a carrier oil (coconut oil, olive oil, or a natural vegetable based oil) to the area to dilute the essential oil and stop the sensation.  Do not use water!!

  • If you get oil in your eye, apply 1-2 drops of carrier oil to the eye to ease the burning.  Do not use water!

  • Be sure to read labels prior to ingestion.  Some oils should not be taken internally.

  • Always use glass containers, not plastic, with your oils.

  • Citrus oils can cause photosensitivity.  Do not apply to exposed skin prior to being in the sun.

  • Please reference oil/drug interactions in the books.  Caution for epilepsy.

  • It is important to remember that therapeutic grade essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts and should be used with reasonable care.  Typical application is 1 drop or less for most applications.  Please consult a physician when using with medications if you have any health concerns.  

  • To improve absorption, slow evaporation, prevent skin sensitivity, and allow for the distribution of oils over a greater area, it is recommended to use a carrier oil with all oils.

  • For dilution, see the chart below.

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